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Simon & Garfunkel The Boxer


White Room

Goo Goo Dolls Iris

L e a r n t o P l ay

iron maiden run to the hills (RIFF)

m a s t e r

rhythm & lead

how to‌

Set up your guitar for drop tunings

Over 20 exercises to help you‌

Sharpen your rhythm playing Develop your lead vocabulary Learn how to combine the two


Brian Fallon Michael Schenker Black Rebel Motorcycle Club


Play Delta blues Start reading music notation

reviewed inside

The hottest new gear Orange, Ibanez, Yamaha

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Welcome… We could have named this month’s issue ‘Become a better guitarist’, because defining yourself as either a rhythm or lead player is an easy trap to fall into. No doubt some of us consider ourselves to be stronger at one than the other, but there’s also plenty of crossover between the two. Skills that apply to one will definitely benefit the other and, indeed, the two are certainly not mutually exclusive. Just take a look at legendary lone guitarists like Jimmy Page, Hendrix, Andy Summers, The Edge, Clapton, Tom Morello and many, many more who have combined rhythm and lead techniques to create a huge sound within their bands for the proof. So this month we’re taking a look at each side of the coin to show you how to improve at both, while learning to blur the lines between the two. Elsewhere, we’ve lined up the usual stellar mix of songs to learn, tips and lessons, the hottest new gear and insight from players. We’ll see you next month!

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making this month’s mag

Chris Bird

michael astley-brown

Rob Laing

Stuck in his nest during a bout of icy weather, Birdman took off his feathery mittens and passed the time playing bass. Chris is often heard playing grunge covers and emulating Jeff Ament’s 12-string Hamer with an EHX Nano POG, but, with Maiden, Clapton and Goo Goo Dolls on the menu, TG’s very own CD provided ample entertainment.

This issue’s baritone round-up has Mike jonesing for a bari to call his own. “Sometimes going lower takes you higher,” our resident gear sage tells us, in a rare moment of rig-based profundity. Plus, it’s an essential piece of kit if you’re going to tackle the surf guitar line in Ricky Martin opus, Livin’ La Vida Loca!

The plight of the rhythm guitarist is something that Rob feels keenly. Underrated and under-appreciated, it remains the essential guitar skill. So he was happy to meet Brian Fallon (p40) and find a player making the most of his role as a singer/guitarist to develop his rhythm chops. april 2018 Total Guitar


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006 First Look 008 Scene 010 Five Minutes Alone: Joe Trohman 012 On The Up 014 Me & My Guitar: Warren DeMartini 016 Album reviews 018 Back Track: Jon Bon Jovi

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How To 020 20 Minutes To… Better finger dexterity 022 R  iff Of The Month: Iron Maiden: Run To The Hills 024 Getting Started With… Major 7th chords 026 The TG Guide to... Amp modelling 028 What The F? Reading music, part III

Features 030 Rig Tour: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 034 Michael Schenker 040 Brian Fallon 048 Improve your rhythm and lead

Learn To Play


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060 Jam Track: alt-rock 062 Classic Track: Cream – White Room 070 O  pen-mic Songbook: Goo Goo Dolls – Iris 072 The Turnaround: Son House

TG Unplugged 078 News 080 Interview: Scott Matthews 082 Simon & Garfunkel: The Boxer

The GAS Station 088 Start Me Up 090 Orange Brent Hinds Terror 094 Ibanez RG550 096 Yamaha FS-TA 098 The TG Test: Electric baritones 104 Pedal Round-Up: Multi-FX Units 106 Trace Acoustic Transit A 108 Fix Your Guitar 114 The Playlist: Mark Holley

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Squier releases well-spec’d Contemporary Active Stratocaster HH


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The reverse headstock is one of Strat’s most appealing new features

hile attention was focused on Fender’s American Original and Parallel Universe lines, Squier quietly unveiled some tasty new electrics for 2018, most notably the Contemporary Series, whose flagship is the Active Stratocaster HH that adorns these very pages. As you’ll note, it’s a departure from traditional Strat stylings, boasting a Floyd Rose locking vibrato, active humbuckers and a very-cool reverse headstock. It also possesses a lightweight poplar body, available in Olympic White or Flat Black. None of those features exactly scream ‘contemporary’ to us, but regardless of the name, this is a very nicely spec’d Strat indeed, especially given its £420 price tag. Here’s why it’s got us developing a fresh need for speed…


Up close

Pickups Squier’s own-brand active humbuckers are onboard here, and their output is running hot

Floyd Rose Duck, dip, dive and wail with this Floyd Rose licensed double-locking vibrato, complete with body rout

Neck The slim C-shaped maple neck is topped off with a 12" radius’d, jumbo-fretted rosewood fingerboard that’s built for speed

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Your month in guitars Tips For Entering 1. focus Get to the point fast. Our expert judges are looking to be impressed so 15 minutes of noodling won’t make the grade. 2. think musical We’re all for fretboard blazing and next-level sonics but not at the price of musicality and genuine mastery of multiple techniques.


3. only your best Just your best video! Don’t make us wade through multiple entries where one will do. 4. three to enter Want to enter all three categories? ‘Guitarist’ ‘Young Guitarist’ and ‘Acoustic’ Guitarist Of The Year? Yeah! Go for it, providing your entries qualify, of course.

rules All entries must be via videos uploaded to YouTube with a link emailed to guitaristoftheyear@ No other emails or points of contact please. Don’t call us – we’ll be in contact if we like what you’re doing.

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Previous Guitarist Of The Year winner,


guitarist of the year ttention all players - TG needs you! We’re on the hunt for the best new guitar talent and if you’re reading this you’re already one step closer to lifting the trophy and walking away with a prize booty from the top names in guitars. Past winners of Guitarist Of The Year include Guthrie Govan and Roger Waters guitarist Dave Kilminster so this could well be your springboard to greatness! We’re working alongside our sister titles Guitarist, Guitar Techniques and to find our 2018 Guitarist Of The Year, Young Guitarist Of The Year and Acoustic Guitarist Of The year at our new UK Guitar Show on 28 and 29 September. There will be lots more details on the show soon. So how do you get involved? It’s simple. Upload a video of your playing to


YouTube… And then send us the link. Make sure that it’s a video that shows why you deserve to win as our experts will be picking the best and broadcasting a playlist of favourites to our millionplus audience as The UK Guitar Show draws closer. Send a link to your video by email to Subject line your email as ‘Guitarist’ ‘Young Guitarist’ or ‘Acoustic Guitarist’ to let us know which category you’re entering. Then our pick of the best will be invited to play at our final in September, live from London at the UK Guitar Show. The competition is now officially open so get practising, shooting and uploading today! Good luck!

When The competition is open now for entries. The UK Guitar Show takes place 28 and 29 September 2018



SINCE 1958


50 years of orange range founder Cliff Cooper) has been reflecting on the amp icon’s early champions as it reaches a landmark golden anniversary. “In those days I really idolised Peter Green in Fleetwood Mac,” Cliff (pictured above right) tells us of Orange’s


beginnings as a shop in the late 60s. “When he came into the shop and we started making the amplifiers, he said, ‘Yeah I like it’ and he used it. Then we had Stevie Wonder use it almost straight after… when you’ve got people with ears like that endorsing you… it was lovely.”




Smokin’ aces lackberry Smoke leader Charlie Starr has told us about how he finally got to write with his old friend and former Buckcherry lynchpin Keith Nelson on the band’s new album, Find A Light (review p16). “We’ve been friends for over 20 years but we’ve never worked together before,” says Charlie, who co-wrote the album’s I’ll Keep Rambin’ with pedal steel icon Robert Randolph (left) too. He was also inspired by two Fender vintage specials; “I picked up a really clean ’62 Princeton. It’s on several songs...and a ’63 Esquire makes tons of appearances too.” When 6 April

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Joe Trohman: an admirer of Gilmour’s ‘restrained’ style

for me. I remember when Mary Jane’s Last Dance came out and my dad took me to see them in Cleveland, which was my first ever concert. He’s one of the greatest ever guitar players/songwriters.”

I’m hot for teacher “If could have a lesson with anyone alive, I’d pick David Gilmour. He’s the king of restrained playing. I’ve seen the making of Dark Side Of The Moon documentary loads of times where everyone replays their parts and he does his exactly like the originals. That’s a skill… it’s so different to Led Zeppelin, where it was more freeform. No-one except for maybe John Paul Jones would play exactly the same every time. I would love to sit with David and find out about his tricks and approach!”

Caught in a mosh “I’ve played in The Damned Things with Scott Ian from Anthrax. That guy has a signature sound, you can hear those chugs and instantly know it’s him. He is someone I grew up admiring – and he taught me that if you have a style that you are comfortable with, trust it and stick with it. I think it’s so easy to question yourself. People might say you are doing it wrong, but those are the people that have no identity. It’s better to have an identity than be the world’s ultimate shredder!”


The one that got away

five minutes alone

Joe Trohman The Fall Out Boy axeman on giving up the trombone, his biggest playing weakness and starting a band with one of his all-time guitar heroes There goes my hero

“I originally played trombone in the school band but I wanted to play guitar. I was a bad student, so at 10 my dad said, ‘If you get all Bs, I will buy you a guitar!’ So I got a HarmonyBarclay Bobcat with a matching amp, probably costing around $50 for both! Junk guitars are very cool now but I wanted a real guitar like a Strat copy, so I moved onto a Squier.”

“I was lucky to grow up in the 90s, with all those brilliant rock bands dominating the radio – from Smashing Pumpkins to Nirvana, The Jesus Lizard and Soundgarden… but when I got into guitar, I was really into the classics. In my first lesson, I asked to be taught Purple Haze and Kick Out The Jams, but I must admit Mike Campbell from The Heartbreakers was the one

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Jekyll And Hyde “My biggest weakness is never forcing myself to practise. I don’t warm up either… I just go onstage and warm up while I am playing, which is probably a bad idea. The funny thing is, the times I have warmed up, I’ve played so much better straight off the bat. It’s probably fine for the audience, but sometimes I’ve noticed the difference. As for strengths, I think I have a good vibrato. I don’t use it much in Fall Out Boy, where I play very straight, but I think it works really well in a band like The Damned Things.”

Fall Out Boy’s new album Mania is out now on Island. The band play Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and London between 27 and 31 March;

Photography: Marcus Maschwitz

I got my first real six-string…

“When I lived in New York, the mentality was to purge your stuff and live in a shoebox. So I had a storage space in Brooklyn, another in Chicago, plus the band storage in California… there was so much shit. I had this 1980 Flying V with a flame top that sounded cool as fuck, but I never played it standing up – always sitting down which was uncomfortable, so I sold it. When I moved to LA, I went to the storage space and thought someone had stolen because I’d forgotten I sold it… I was so bummed out. Then I realised how fucking dumb I was!”

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O N T H E U P Starcrawler Live-wire punksters, Starcrawlers, with Henri Cash (far right)


Ryan Adams-approved rising rockers prize grit and grandeur A band Starcrawler take classic rock showmanship, punk attack and the fingernail grit of their Tinseltown forbears and present it within stinking proximity of your face. Henri Cash is the beaming, whirling dervish at the heart of their powerful sound. “I’ve always been inspired by guitar players who aren’t just standing there,” says Henri. “Except Johnny Ramone, who’s in the power stance and that’s powerful in itself! But when you see Brian Setzer jump up on the kick drum and play this rad rockabilly solo, you want to do


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that – it’s more intriguing for somebody who doesn’t play music to watch that.” That’s not to say Starcrawler are all style and no substance. Henri has previously indulged extensive excursions into tuba and drums. “We are, surprisingly, a band that have a lot of technical knowledge,” laughs Henri. “When I came back to the guitar, I wanted to incorporate the other aspects as if I was a conductor.” Their live reputation is formidable, with fake blood,

bruised bodies and solos performed the way they should be – with flailing limbs and wild abandon – all supported by an underlying tightness. Their Rough Trade-released, self-titled debut was recorded with a similar philosophy and helmed by Ryan Adams. “I learned [from Ryan], to just go for it,” says Henri. “We were doing this one solo and he was like: ‘Hit it on the

ground!’ I was like, ‘Dude, I’m not going to throw your Strat on the ground!’ But you want the record to be fierce – and the record sounds fierce because of things like that… “[My favourite players] have balls, man. When you listen to them you feel power. Listen to Kick Out The Jams and you get this deep feeling in your gut – that, for me, is the reason why guitar players play guitar.”

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